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We hold a wide range of items in our collections and library, including the documents in Wells City Archives. If you would like to use our collections for research, please get in touch with the Museum Curator or Wells City Archivist. Contact details are below. 

Visit the Research News page to explore a sample of research projects that have been undertaken using the collections. 

Using the collections

Museum Collections

The museum has extensive collections of archaeology, palaeontology, geology, natural history, and artefacts relating to the history of Wells and the Mendip Hills. Copies of the museum’s Collections Development Policy are available from the curator on request. 


If you wish to use these collections, please complete and return the enquiry form to the curator by clicking here.

David Walker, Curator

or drop off the form at the museum front desk


Wells City Archives

The Wells City Archives are separate to Wells & Mendip Museum's collections, but are housed in the museum building. The documents in the archives are useful for research in genealogy, local history and building histories.


For more information on using the archives please visit the Wells City Archives page by clicking here

Dr Julia Wood, Wells City Archivist 


Museum Library

The museum library has a collection of over 5,000 books and pamphlets, over 1,000 maps, and several personal collections of documents. These are mainly focused on local history, families and topics of relevance to the Wells and Mendip area. There is a physical library index at the museum, and an online searchable database of the books, maps and donated archives. For more information and to search the online databases, please click here.


The library is staffed during museum opening hours, but we recommend calling ahead to check a library volunteer is on duty.

Stuart Andrews, Librarian

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